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    Sammies (Stafford that was set on fire the other day) owner was interviewed on radio and said that when he rang the police they were not interested and both them and the RSPCA refused to investigate.

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    I will never go to the RSPCA for services -either nurse or vet visits. I had a very bad experience when I took Pepsi to have her nails trimmed. The "very young, fresh out of school" nurse was terrified of my little 17 year old jack russell who is so placid around ppl. and proceeded to put a muzzle on her!!!!! Peps was so distressed and I was sweating with panic and anguish to see her like this. She got an asthma attack and started wheezing .. Then the nurse timidly said, her nails are not too long!!!! She was too scared to do the job! Having said that, I got two of the most beautiful dogs from the RSPCA. Bingo, a Pomeranian pup aged 12 weeks and lived to the ripe old age of 17 1/2 years and Mimi who was 8 weeks. She is now 20 months old. Both of which are very much loved.

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    Oooops.. pressed the same button twice..
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    I'm a member of a UK forum and most of them also have little time for the RSPCA so it seems to be a world wide thing.

    Some of the smaller RSPCA shelters aren't too bad. The one here in Cairns has a better reputation than most. At least the staff seem concerned and interested, although they are woefully ignorant of dog breeds and crosses but this seems to be a problem in many shelters.

    Kennel cough is always going to be a problem anywhere dogs from all over the place come together in large numbers. The worst case of KC one of my dogs ever had was caught from a very respectable Pug at a large dog show. Damn judges should learn to wash their hands between dogs when "mouthing" dogs at shows.

    The little dog may not even have been coughing in the kennels. Sometimes the first time you notice a dog coughing is when it is excited and pulling on the lead. This has happened to me in the past when I worked for a biggish Welfare shelter (NOT RSPCA).

    There is no excuse however for rude, careless, ignorant staff. Certainly if it were me I would be writing a letter of complaint.

    I've had more than my fair share of run-ins with RSPCA in the past, including a disagreement with H.W. where he was prevented from striking me only by the intervention of other people. But if I was adopting a dog from a shelter here in Cairns I would go to RSPCA first. Why? They are a kill shelter with a bigger turn over of dogs than our local no kill Shelter so I would have more chance of finding the right dog. As well as saving a life I would be taking on a dog that hadn't gone kennel crazy after months, even years at the no kill shelter.

    RSPCA dogs and dogs in other kill shelters are the ones in urgent need of rescue so should not be rejected simply because one doesn't like the organisation itself.

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    I must say...I agree, i'd still adopt from them to save a life especially with the high turnover but I'll never think much of them or their service.
    And you're right Deerhound, I have friends from the UK and they don't think much of them either.

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    I'm sorry but anyone who thinks RSPCA are the worst of the lot is either naive or stupid.

    Few examples...

    Shelter X - No kill Victorian shelter - forced a rescue on me a few years ago. Dog was as dangerous as they come. Mauled Cappy who was twice her size - imagine if she had mauled a small dog?

    Rescue Group X - known to rehome unsuitable small breed dogs to people. Acts as no kill and keeps dogs for months on end - has been known to have dogs for over a year

    Rescue Group Y - has been known to breed from undesexed dogs

    Rescue Group Z - offered to trade one type of dog for another because it was more marketable

    Rescue person X - dumped Flash in a pound with severe dermatitis and at least 10 kilo's underweight - dog was registered to this idiot who also dumped another dog with him

    RSPCA have done a lot of crap things - but they are by no means the only ones and the state of the pound can only be blamed on those charged with the animals care

    RSPCA Burwood is immaculate and they make it damn hard for someone to adopt a dog. They have been known to refuse adoptions for people they deem unsuitable - ie GSDs to what seems to be a security home.

    RSPCA do a lot of great work

    Hugh Wirth is a prick - but he is no longer involved in day to day runnings. I would never let that man touch my dogs - and I know for a fact none of my dogs living or dead would have passed rspca behaviour tests. However, as I said before - I have been contacted by ppl in different states saying the rspca had recommended contacting me as if they gave their dog to the rspca it would be pts.

    There's good and bad in every organisation.
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    Thanks for a voice of reason Occy.

    Any organisation is only as good as it's people. And one short on funds with a large volunteer workforce is often going to have bad apples amongst it. It's hard to weed out bad staff from the start.

    This seems to me akin to saying you had a bad experience being written a speeding ticket that didn't really seem fair, and that on a worldwide basis all cops and police organisations are bad as a result.

    Don't let us forget that bad news is good, and all the little good news stories are much easier to forget. Plus what the media tells us is not always 100% accurate...

    RSPCA in every State and Territory in Australia is a seperate entity, governed by different people and policies.

    All that aside, I don't think what happened to you or Dolly was right Puggerup, and I hope you're both feeling better now.

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    So what you are saying is that they judged you to be a suitable person to adopt a dog and that the dogs in their care were being looked after. You are saying, on the other hand, that there was a dog with kennel cough that was in the general population. Please make up your mind - they either made sure all dogs were comfortable and healthy or they didn't. Perhaps this dog didn't have KC...

    Did you enquire about its health?

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    They must have changed since you were last there
    They were willing to give me any dog I wanted.. I was encouraged to come and see a dog which did NOT fit my criteria and they had sick dogs up for adoption instead of being quarantined or "put on hold" until symptoms were gone.
    They told me to bring in my dog even though they knew the one who was going to meet Dolly had KC BADLY.

    The kennels were clean. The smaller dogs that had been clipped or had short hair had jumpers on. A 5 month old dog was sharing a kennel with another dog to stay warm. They had bedding and food and water.
    They did minor surgery on dogs up for adoption at their own cost to give the dogs a chance... even adult dogs. They had a staffy up for adoption.

    They do try to do the right thing and I have no idea about the shennanigans other shelters pull because I haven't seen it for myself. I don't judge on hearsay, I only go on what I see.. what I went through on Friday was terrible. They were so desperate to free up some space they were literally trying to push me into adopting a dog
    I guess people can't afford to pay for adoption right now.. and can't afford to keep the dogs they have. Things must be worse than ever at the moment.

    I'm not saying that they are the worst of the lot.....but I am saying they should either be held accountable for all of thier actions or be shut down.A complete and unbiase interior overhaul and investigation into the business and similar procedures is called for.

    For far too long has this 'organisation' ( money making machine) been able to trundle along on its own rules and laws never being held accountable.

    Remember Clifford? Made a pretty penny off of that sweet youngster didn't they. When money turned from river to trickle,he was suddenly not suitable to be rehomed. He isn't an isolated case...

    No.They are not the worst of what is out there....and at a 'workers' level ( those that actually do the hard yards everyday at the shelters across Australia) I don't doubt that there are those that truley care about what is in thier charge.
    But I cannot and will not speak a good word about such a large organisation that makes its own rules and laws as it goes along,feeds apon the general publics fear or compassion ( depending on which is needed ) and call itself a Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

    If it wasn't so wrong it would be laughable.
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    Kennel cough isn't exactly deadly - unless your dog is young, old or immuno compromised.

    I don't think you can judge if the dog was dog aggressive frankly - it was sick - so you say - and it had just had surgery - I would be pretty cranky

    Worst I could say in this case is that the dog should still have been in the vet clinic.

    Some of this just doesn't add up...2 days...just post surgery...already in the pens...???

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